Jim Kenney is ready for his closeup...as long as his is the only face in the camera's frame.
Kenney, the Democratic nominee for mayor of Philadelphia, had been haggling with NBC10 about camera angles for an upcoming debate, according to campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt.
Kenney was fine with close-ups and reaction shots but didn't want the television station to use a "one particular shot, a split-screen close-up" when he or Melissa Murray Bailey, his Republican opponent, were speaking, she said.
Anzio Williams, NBC10's vice president for news, called Kenney's campaign Wednesday to say it was dropping plans to televise the debate, according to Hitt.
6ABC -- which Hitt twice noted is the "top rated news station" in the region -- will still broadcast a debate.
Williams confirmed Hitt's account, via email.
Hitt said the Kenney and Bailey campaigns will release next week an agreed line-up of community forums and debates. Kenney was trying to avoid television angles that made debates "more raucous, less substantive," she said.
"The goal was to have a substantive debate that would allow for candidates to really get into their answers and get real input from the community," said Hitt, calling the NBC10 dispute "kind of silly."
On that, Bailey appeared to agree.
"Are you kidding me," she asked, laughing when The Inquirer told her the NBC10 debate was not going to happen.
Bailey said she had also tinkered with the debate rules, asking for more time to respond to questions.
"Our campaign is totally open to letting the public have as much opportunity to see both of us asked questions in an open manner," Bailey said. "We're open to it all."
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